Goniolimon incanum

Common Name: goniolimon 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Native Range: Romania to Turkey
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: May to July
Bloom Description: Blue, pink or white
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy, Good Cut, Good Dried
Tolerate: Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil


Best grown in light, moderately dry, well-drained sandy loams in full sun to part shade. Best in cool summer climates. May struggle in the heat and humidity of a typical St. Louis summer. Plants grown in USDA Zones 7 and 8 prefer some afternoon shade. Plants are generally best left undisturbed once established.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Goniolimon incanum, commonly known as sea lavender, is a woody-based perennial that features a rosette of leaves (each leaf to 5” long) from which rise flower stems well above the foliage clump to as much as 18” tall bearing a summer bloom of tiny flowers in shades of lavender blue, pink or white. Flowers are contained in a large, branched, airy terminal head spreading to 20” wide. It is native from Turkey to Central Asia.

Genus name comes from the Greek gonia meaning an angle and limon meaning a meadow for the angled flowers and meadow habitat of some genus plants.

Specific epithet means hoary or very grey.

Species plants were once commonly called prairie statice.


Crown rot and root rot are occasional problems. Well-drained soils and good air circulation will minimize the onset potential for these diseases.


Rock gardens, border fronts or containers. Flowers are attractive in dried flower arrangements.